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Psychosocial burden among offshore drilling platform employees

Irena Leszczyńska, Maria Jeżewska
International Maritime Health 2010;62(3):159-167.

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Vol 62, No 3 (2010)
MARITIME PSYCHOLOGY Original article
Published online: 2010-12-06
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

Conditions of work on offshore drilling platforms are particularly hard due to extreme environmental situations created both by nature and technological processes. Oil drilling workers employed on the open sea are potentially exposed to permanently high stress. Apart from the obvious objective factors affecting drilling platform employees, a great role in the general workrelated stress level is played by the working conditions and work-related psychosocial factors, defined according to Karask’s concept as demands, control, and social support. A total of 184 drill platform workers were examined using objective and subjective research methods.
The level of subjective stress among drilling platform workers is lower than the level of objective stress and the stress resulting from prognoses related with specificity of work in extremely hard conditions (audit). The examinations of drilling platform workers reveal a positive role of stress in psychological adaptation, being a special case of the "work ethos" and attachment to the firm. In such investigations of work-related stress on drilling platforms, which are very specific workplaces, a multi-aspect character, sociological and economic aspects, organizational culture conditions in the firm, and a tendency to conceal ailments and the stress experienced should be taken into account. It is important to apply measures referring to at least three different types of evidence (objective demands, subjective stress, health problems reported). Otherwise, the result reflecting work-related stress may not be objective and far from the truth.

Abstract

Conditions of work on offshore drilling platforms are particularly hard due to extreme environmental situations created both by nature and technological processes. Oil drilling workers employed on the open sea are potentially exposed to permanently high stress. Apart from the obvious objective factors affecting drilling platform employees, a great role in the general workrelated stress level is played by the working conditions and work-related psychosocial factors, defined according to Karask’s concept as demands, control, and social support. A total of 184 drill platform workers were examined using objective and subjective research methods.
The level of subjective stress among drilling platform workers is lower than the level of objective stress and the stress resulting from prognoses related with specificity of work in extremely hard conditions (audit). The examinations of drilling platform workers reveal a positive role of stress in psychological adaptation, being a special case of the "work ethos" and attachment to the firm. In such investigations of work-related stress on drilling platforms, which are very specific workplaces, a multi-aspect character, sociological and economic aspects, organizational culture conditions in the firm, and a tendency to conceal ailments and the stress experienced should be taken into account. It is important to apply measures referring to at least three different types of evidence (objective demands, subjective stress, health problems reported). Otherwise, the result reflecting work-related stress may not be objective and far from the truth.
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Keywords

psychosocial stress; physical work burden; work on drilling platforms

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Title

Psychosocial burden among offshore drilling platform employees

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 62, No 3 (2010)

Article type

Original article

Pages

159-167

Published online

2010-12-06

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2010;62(3):159-167.

Keywords

psychosocial stress
physical work burden
work on drilling platforms

Authors

Irena Leszczyńska
Maria Jeżewska

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